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No respect

To the Editor: It appears the Keizer City Council has no respect for the judgement of the voters in Keizer. Judging by the results of the special meeting on imposing a fee for city parks, the council will—in all likelihood—impose a $4 per month per household on our water bills. In spite of the city’s own survey which showed our citizens ranked parks well below public safety, the council will probably go ahead with a fee without a vote of the people. The fact is the parks now receive $336,000 a year for maintenance and that will go to $1 million per year with the fee. You can bet a fee for public safety will be on the agenda shortly. The only way to stop the process is for tax payers to let the city council know they are acting badly. Let’s take care of public safety first and let us vote on fees. Bill Quinn...

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Which story are we sticking to?

By DEBRA SAUNDERS President Donald Trump did himself no favor last week when he went on NBC News and essentially refuted the reason his team had given the press for why he fired FBI Director James Comey. Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt, “I was going to fire Comey” regardless of what the Department of Justice recommended, which conflicted with the White House’s sketchy version of events. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the decision to can Comey came from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “It was all him,” Spicer told reporters. “No one from the White House. That was a DOJ decision.” Wrong. Then, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Trump asked Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for their recommendation “based on the conversation they had. He asked them to put that recommendation in writing. But they came to him on his own.” Wrong. That day Vice President Mike Pence also framed Trump’s decision to fire Comey as the result of Rosenstein’s and Sessions’ input. Not true. The White House does not look good. David Axelrod, former guru to President Barack Obama, summed up the problem when he told The New York Times, “The most hazardous duty in Washington these days is that of a Trump surrogate. … You wind up looking like a liar or a fool.” Anonymous staffers began leaking stories...

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Worried about the state of our leadership

By GENE H. McINTYRE Every American is free to accept and reject societal values. It is only when the expression of those values does harm to other Americans that the line of what’s lawful is crossed.  This aspect of human interaction is the difference between chaos and order.  Then, too, a society’s core values are what provides its youth  a means of emulating traditions, carrying them from one generation to the next, sustaining the Constitution that established America’s foundational values. It was this very matter of values that alarmed this voter about candidate Donald J. Trump. During the 2016 campaign season we learned that Trump viewed most Mexicans as “rapists and drug dealers.”  He commented on John McCain as “not a war hero.” He said of Megyn Kelly’s questions during the first GOP debate that they resulted from a menstrual period. He said he witnessed 9/11 celebrations on the part of Muslims in America. He mocked a disabled reporter using wild gestures and guttural sounds. He owned a Trump University that took money from would-be students and pocketed that money without delivering any educational programs.  Then there was that despicable Access Hollywood tape where groping and objectifying women was glorified by Trump as his way of treating the opposite sex. After Trump’s election, there have been a virtual avalanche of lies and exaggerations proven time after time to be untrue. One of the first lies had to do with the number of persons who...

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Mervin Riley Halbeisen

Dec. 3, 1935 – May 7, 2017 Mervin Riley Halbeisen, age 81, passed away at home with his wife, Betsy, by his side on May 5, 2017.  Mervin was born on December 3, 1935 in Lincoln, NE.  He is survived by his wife Betsy; two sons, Randy and David; daughter Connie Franklin (Alan); three step-children Randy,  Russell and Brigetta Hoch; eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.  He was preceeded in death by his first wife Donna. Halbeisen served the country as a paratrooper in the US Army.  He owned the Santiam Depot Restaurant & Lounge in Stayton.  He also...

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